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Check out this week's harvest, great recipe ideas, and a few updates from 4P Foods.


4P Foods Weekly Harvest

What to expect in your bag...
 
 

WORTH THE HYPE: KIWI BERRIES
You guys... The kiwi berries are here!  This week in your bag you'll find kiwi berries, a rare treat. Only about 200 acres of commercial farmland are devoted to kiwi berries—worldwide. They only appear for 1-2 weeks, but take 6 years to successfully cultivate. About the size of a small grape, kiwi berries taste similar to kiwis, but better - you can eat them with the skin on because there is no fuzz. These little gems are also best when shriveled, so feel free to let them sit on your counter for a couple of days. For more information on these elusive nuggets, check out this article from Northern Virginia Magazine. 

SAVE THE DATE!
International Food Day is just around the corner, which means planning for the 4PFoods Annual Harvest Party is in full swing! Join us on October 22nd at Bees and Trees Farm in the beautiful Virginia countryside. Enjoy local brews, food, music, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and meet the farmers behind some of the best local honey in the area. Check out last year's Harvest Party to get excited for all the fun to come. 

REFER A FRIEND OR OFFICE
When you refer a friend to 4P Foods, you both receive $10 towards your next order. New customers order online with discount code: 4PFriends. Once they’ve signed up, email bonnie@4pfoods.com for $10 off your next bag.

Want to get your office or apartment building involved? When five or more individuals sign up for delivery to the same location, the delivery fee is waived. You can also help organize a 4P Foods meet-and-greet at your workplace to receive your next produce bag free. Email bonnie@4pfoods.com to schedule the meet-and-greet and to help spread the good word.

LOVE ICE CREAM AND LOCAL FARMERS?
Then we've got just the right event for you! Ice Cream Jubilee, voted best ice cream shop in DC by the Washington City Paper, is partnering with Slow Food DC to learn about Ice Cream Jubilee's ice cream making process and how they support local farmers, how they develop and make flavors, and how to discern ice cream quality. At the conclusion of the event everyone will take home two pints of Ice Cream Jubliee's ice-cream! Check out more info on the event and buy your tickets here.

STORAGE TIPS
Feel like your chard wilts in a day? Nectarines getting soft? Check out our handy storage guide to keep your fruits and veggies crisp and delicious. Here are some recommendations for this week's produce:
  • As soon as you get home with your turnip greens (or as soon as you have a few minutes…I know we don’t all have the luxury of a quite empty house to come home to) fill a bowl with cool water and submerge the greens in water. Allow to sit for several minutes, swish, let sit and then remove. Wrap greens in a damp paper towel and store in a sealed storage bag for up to 5 days.
  • You can store your sweet potatoes at room temperature in a well-ventilated area for several weeks. Don’t store your sweet potatoes in the refrigerator.

  • Once the greens are trimmed off, all you have to do to keep carrots crisp and fresh is put them in a container of water and store in the refrigerator! Whole carrots stay nice and crunchy in their cold water bath, and this is also a great way to store packaged baby carrots. If the water starts to look cloudy, just swap it out with fresh water as needed. 
  • Store onions in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place; light can cause bitterness so keep them somewhere dark. They readily absorb moisture so avoid leaving them anywhere damp (in a cupboard under a sink, for example) and also, don’t store them near potatoes as these give off moisture and gas and will make onions spoil more rapidly.
  • Store summer squash in a plastic “Green Bag” in the refrigerator crisper drawer for 4-5 days. Avoid washing or cutting until just before use
  • Fresh peaches can be kept at room temperature for three to four days depending on how ripe they are when received. Avoid having them stacked on top of each other (such as in a bowl or bag) as this will increase the chances that they will bruise. Refrigerated peaches may last a day or two longer. Peaches need humidity so make sure to refrigerate in a plastic bag. They may lose some of their flavor due to refrigeration, so allow the peaches to come back to room temperature before eating.
  • Tomatoes should be stored at a cool room temperature. Do not make the mistake of storing them in the refrigerator— that completely diminishes the flavor! If possible, eat tomatoes within a few days of receiving. They will taste much fresher and won’t get the chance to spoil!

SWAP SYSTEM BLOG POST
Want to customize your bag?  Add more goat meat to your protein share? Extra carrots in your produce share? Annabel put together this handy dandy guide on how to use the system and create the bag of your dreams. Check it out here!
Login into your 4PFoods acount here to edit your bag.

Thanks for all your support.
-Tom & the 4P Foods Team

You can expect some or all (weather pending) of the following this week:

Produce Share 
  • Beauregard Sweet Potatoes (Certified Organic) - Meadow Valley Organics, Kirkwood, PA
  • Bunched Young Carrots (Certified Organic) - Lancaster Family Farms, Leola, PA
  • Kiwi Berries (Certified Organic) -  Kiwi Corners Farm, Dancville, PA
  • Red Slicing Tomatoes - Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Summer Squash Blend - Shady Lane Family Farm, Free Union, VA
  • Sweet Onions (Certified Organic) - Sunset View Acres, Rising Sun, PA
  • Turnip Greens - Kirby Family Farm, Mechanicsville, VA
  • White Peaches - Chiles Family Orchard, Crozet, VA
Additional Produce Options available to "swap in" to your bag if you'd like:
  • Concord Grapes - Wenger Grape Farm, Waynesboro, VA
  • Empire Apples - Saunders Brothers Orchard, Piney River, VA
  • Red-Skin Potatoes - Critzer Family Farm, Afton, VA
  • Sugar Cube Melon - Malcolm's Market Garden, Verona, VA
Protein Share
  • Bison Sirloin Steaks - Cibola Farms, Culpeper, VA
  • Bone-In Chicken Thighs (Certified Organic & Humane) - Shenandoah Valley Organics, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Breakfast Blend Pork Sausage Links - Saddle Ridge Farm, Rixeyville, VA
  • Grassfed Beef Kabob Meat - Sunrise Farms, Stuarts Draft, VA
  • Pastured Pork Chops - Clark's Old Peach Tree Farm, Sperryville, VA
+Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm.

Dairy Share
  • Half Gallon Whole Milk - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
    • 2% & Nonfat Options Available
  • Truffled Fromage Frais - Caromont Farm, Esmont, VA
  • Thyme & Sage Infused Chevre - Cherry Glen Farm, Boyd, MD
  • Smoked Raw Cheddar - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Unsalted Grassfed Butter - Trickling Springs Creamery, Chambersburg, PA
  • Paquea Valley Yogurts - King Family Farm, Ronks, PA
    • Unsweetened, Plain Option Available
 +Eggs (Half Dozen or Dozen available with Protein or Dairy Share Only) from Whiffletree Farm

RECIPE IDEAS


For instructions on proper storage of your weekly items please see our Storage Tips Blog Post. This post will be regularly updated with new items that come in your bag. You can search items by alphabetic order.

Don't forget to keep the plastic "Green Bags" that come in your share each week. They are specially made to keep your produce fresh for as long as possible. They can be rinsed and reused so be sure that you don't accidentally throw them in the trash. If your kitchen drawers get too crowded, just throw them back in your 4P Foods tote bag and we will take care of recycling them for you.



RECIPES:

Breakfast/Drinks:


Turnip Greens Frittata

Sweet Potato Toast

Soups, Salads, and Apps: 

Sweet Potato Pierogi with a Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

Oven Baked Carrot and Sweet Potato Fries

The Best Onion Soup (Annabel Loves This Recipe - feel free to omit the rice)

Gina’s Turnip Greens

Mains:

Greens and Sweet Potato Gratin (Use turnip greens here!)

26 Zucchini Recipes for Using Up All Your Darn Zucchini

Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna

Creamy Lentils with Turnip Greens

Zucchini and Tomato Rice Gratin

Balsamic Peach Chicken Skillet

Vietnamese Pork Chops (Annabel’s favorite way of eating pork chops)

Bison Sirloin Steak

Dessert:

Sweet Potato Zucchini Bread

Carrot Tahini Muffins

             Be sure to check out our PINTEREST PAGE for all of these recipes and more…whenever you want them! Don't have Pinterest? Email us and we'll give you access to our guest account.

*Most of the information on the history and proper storage of your vegetables comes from The Produce Bible by Leanne Kitchen

A Note from 4P Foods:

Don't forget!!  Cutoff times to skip a bag: Sunday at midnight for Wednesday deliveries, Monday at midnight for Thursday deliveries, and Tuesday at midnight for Friday deliveries.  If you have scheduled upcoming skips and change your membership at all, you will need to reschedule those since it is a new subscription that gets created.  Email or call if you need help.

If you have a produce share AND a protein/dairy share and need to skip a given week, be sure to skip ALL of them when logged into your account page.  Otherwise, the system is designed so you can skip one or the other in a given week.
If you ever get a bruised apple or "sad" greens or anything along those lines - TELL US! It happens in the world of produce, and we need that kind of feedback to tell our farmers if something is wrong, and get you a discount/credit if needed.  That's what we're here for!
Wanting to learn a little more about the best ways to prepare your Grassfed meat each week? Jesse from Wiffletree Farm suggests these two cookbooks for those learning their way around: The Grassfed Gourmet and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover's Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously.
Peas and love,

The 4P Foods Team
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